climate change
Earth May Take Decades to Cool After We Cut Emissions

Imagine an alternate reality where world leaders finally listened to the science and implemented measures to reduce greenhouse gases right now. Well, a new paper shows that at least a decade would pass before the world begins to cool down as a result. Depending on the level of emissions reduction, we may have to wait until 2046 to see global temperatures drop. Read More >>

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Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Is a Cute Sign of Environmental Catastrophe

I live for all things pink, and there’s something beautiful about pink glacial ice. However, the dusty pink layer atop the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps is more sinister than it looks. Algae has dyed the snow a bizarre colour. The otherworldly look could end up speeding up the melt of snow and glaciers in the fragile mountain region. Read More >>

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The Great Barrier Reef Is Bleaching – but These Striking Deep-Sea Coral Gardens Near It Are Hanging On

The Great Barrier Reef has been having a rough year. Warm waters have led to record coral bleaching this year and could hasten the reef’s die-off. But while surface corals are suffering, nearly a mile beneath the surface, deep-sea corals near the Great Barrier Reef are thriving. Read More >>

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Congrats, Humanity, We Trashed a Record Number of Electronics Last Year

The world keeps producing more headphones, microwaves, laptops, air conditioners, and other pieces of electronics even as a record amount ends up as e-waste. A new report concluded that in 2019, humanity generated its highest ever total of e-waste globally, underscoring a rapidly growing problem. Read More >>

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Gold Mining Is Hurting the Amazon’s Ability to Store Carbon

Gold mining is becoming an increasingly dangerous threat to the Amazon. A new study has found that barely any trees or plants grow where mines once sat. This is bad news for the wildlife that depends on vegetation for habitat. Without trees or vegetation, though, the Amazon also can’t store as much carbon to prevent further global warming. Read More >>

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The South Pole Is Warming Three Times Faster Than the Rest of Earth

Warm air doesn’t reach Antarctica as easily as the rest of the globe, but a new study has found that not even the South Pole is safe from the influences of human-driven climate change. Read More >>

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The UN Is Sounding the Alarm on ‘Climate Refugees’

For the first time, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has included climate change in its annual report laying out what events cause refugees to flee. It signals a growing consensus around the risks climate poses, even if it doesn’t change much for the people actually forced to flee their homes after a cyclone or hurricane hits. Read More >>

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At Least Some Penguins Benefited From Record Antarctic Sea Ice Loss

Antarctica’s sea ice has crashed in recent years. It’s nothing to celebrate, but apparently some Antarctic penguins are loving it. A new study out Wednesday found that a group of Adélie penguins actually thrived during a period of sea ice loss. Don’t get too excited, though. This sea ice loss doesn’t affect all penguins the same. Read More >>

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The World Still Sucks, but at Least Bear Cam Is Back

At Gizmodo, we respect the bears. Bears are good, especially when they are fat. They are the hero we all need. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Katmai National Park, in the US state of Alaska has set up its live bear cams for the summer. You know what that means: bears, bears, and more bears. Read More >>

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Pollution Is Racial Violence

In 1982, protests against a toxic dump site in Warren County, North Carolina, in the US kicked off what we know today as the “environmental justice movement.” Many in this rural community contended Warren County was chosen as the site because most of its citizens were Black and poor. Read More >>

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Plants Can Absorb Tiny Plastic Pieces Through Their Roots, Study Finds

Nothing seems safe from the grips of plastic these days. Not national parks, not oceans, and, according to new findings, not even plants. The study, published today in Nature Nanotechnology, found that plants can absorb the tiniest bits of plastic through their roots. It shows the wide-ranging ways that plastic can impact the natural world. Read More >>

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BP Worries a Green Coronavirus Recovery Could Kill Its Business

Oil giants are coming to terms with their impending doom. That’s especially true these days for BP, the London-based multinational fossil fuel corporation most notorious for causing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The company announced on Monday it’s writing down up to $17.5 billion (£14.1 billion) on its assets in the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic and its long-term projected impact on global oil prices. Read More >>

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Big Dairy Has a Big Carbon Problem

The fossil fuel industry rightly gets a lot of flack for how it contributes to the climate crisis, but a recent report shows that greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy industry can go toe to toe with some major fossil fuel companies. Not only are emissions from dairy high, they’re also on the rise. Read More >>

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A Dirty Coronavirus Recovery Could Haunt Us for Decades to Come

The economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus has decimated jobs and created a pretty scary financial situation for far too many. It’s also led to the single biggest yearly dip in carbon pollution ever recorded. Governments are starting to figure out how to recover. They can invest in a green economy to address climate change, or they can prioritise the entrenched dirty industries. The decisions made today will play a large role determining the fate of future generations. Read More >>

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Why Black Birdwatchers Want to ‘Change the Whole Face of the Outdoors’

After a racist white lady called the cops on a black man who was birdwatching in New York's Central Park on 27 May, the black birding community in the US came together to launch the first-ever Black Birders Week. Read More >>